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Volume 2017 - Number 28

July 21, 2017

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Surge in Business-Finance Sector Boosts Non-Mortgage ABS Issuance in 2Q17

A sharp increase in business-finance ABS issuance offset declines in other sectors to lift overall ABS production during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. The market produced $59.31 billion of new non-mortgage ABS during the second quarter, an 11.1 percent increase over the first three months of the year. That brought year-to-date issuance up to $112.68 billion, a 30.4 percent gain over the first six months of 2016. The star performer was...[Includes two data tables]

PIMCO Says Tackle Changes to Non-Agency Market, Then Do GSE Reform; Firm Critical of Plans Thus Far

Pacific Investment Management Company published an opinion piece this week calling for changes in the non-agency market before policymakers enact reforms that affect the government-sponsored enterprises. PIMCO was also critical of other GSE reform proposals. “Without a functioning private mortgage market, it will be nearly impossible for the GSEs to shrink their footprint without significant disruption to the housing market and to the underlying homeownership rate,” PIMCO said. PIMCO was...

While Angel Oak, Deephaven and Others Issue New Nonprime MBS, Citadel Mines the Whole Loan Market

A few months back, Citadel Servicing Corp., Irvine, CA, was eyeing the May/June period as the target date for its first nonprime mortgage-backed security. Now that July is almost over, it’s eyeing the fall – if that. According to company founder and CEO Dan Perl, prices being paid in the whole loan market for its high-yielding loans are just too good to turn down. Perl indicated that for his company, at least, the economics of a whole loan transaction are just too favorable right now. Although he could not be too specific on pricing, the industry veteran indicated...

After a Lull in Issuance, Strong Demand for New Single-Family Rental Security from Progress

Issuance of single-family rental securitizations has been lagging this year, but a new offering from Progress Residential suggests that demand for deals could be headed northward. In a somewhat uncommon move last week, Progress increased a planned issuance after presale reports on the deal were already published. “The transaction sponsor elected...

CFPB Arbitration Rule Could Fuel Litigation, Impair Securitization Market Liquidity

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its long-awaited rule banning mandatory arbitration in consumer financial contracts. The industry concern is that, if left intact, the rule could lead to a rash of litigation impairing liquidity in the secondary markets and limiting consumer access to credit as companies seek to pull back on their risk exposure. The final rule prohibits “covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from using an agreement with a consumer that provides for arbitration of any future dispute between the parties to bar the consumer from filing or participating in a class action concerning the covered consumer financial product or service.” It further requires...

In Senate Hearing, Community Lenders Fight for Secondary Market Access, the ‘Cash Window’

Although reform of the government-sponsored enterprises is highly unlikely this year, community lenders went to Capitol Hill this week, testifying that equal opportunity in the secondary market and preserving the cash window are sacred tenets that cannot be compromised. At a GSE reform hearing late this week, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, called small lenders “fixtures in their communities” with local knowledge and expertise. “As we prepare to reform the system we must understand how small lenders access the market,” he said. Many community lenders access...

Single Security Helps Narrow GSE Pricing Differences, but Challenges Remain. Internal and External Issues?

Since the introduction of the single-security effort, pricing differences between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS have just about been eliminated, thanks in part to prepayment speeds converging. A paper recently published by the Urban Institute found that back in 2012 and 2013, Freddie’s 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 percent coupons traded at more than a $0.30 discount to Fannie Mae’s. But, by 2014 and 2015 that number narrowed to about $0.15, and by early 2017 the pricing differences had largely come together. The authors called...

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